- Diet & Weight Loss
Seven Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
With Thanksgiving and Christmas on their way, you can expect some extra calories coming your way. And when you are talking about extra calories, there is no safe time of the year. Everyday, you encounter snacks and meals with outrageous calorie count. And if you do not burn all the calories you take in (which is the case for most people), where do all the extra calories go? Fat, belly, flabby upper arms, cellulose on your thighs, and all the other not-pretty places where you don't want any extra weight.
But if are not a marathon runner, it can be hard to burn those extra calories. But do you know someone around you who eats whatever she wants, and not gain a pound, and it seems like you gain pounds even if you only drink water? Well, the answer to that mystery may be metabolism.
What is metabolism? According to Dictionary.com, metabolism is "the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available." In other easy words, it is what your body does naturally behind the scenes, to keep you alive and get things going. And for metabolism to happen, you need energy, and that energy comes from calories.
Your body burn calories naturally and without any of hard-work on your part through metabolism. Then why not tell your body to burn more calories while you're enjoying your lazy self? Here are seven EASY ways to do so.
1. Build Muscle
OK, never mind. Building muscle isn't easy. But I have to get this one out of the way. All the other ones are easier than this one, I promise.
When talking about build muscle to boost metabolism, I'm not talking about that washboard six-pack. If you are up to something like that, you wouldn't be needing some easy tips for burning that extra calorie. But take this fact, if you and a muscular guy were to sit around and watch TV all day, the other guy will burn more calories because a pound of muscle burns 7 calories compared to 2 calories for fat.
The easiest way to build muscle is by working on your quads. They are the easiest muscle to build, and they are the largest muscle in your body, too. And you know what, you even got two of them. So whenever you hit the gym next time, do some squats. It is the easiest way to build quads fast. Do 2-5 sets, whatever is comfortable with you. It only takes about 10-15 minutes.
But if you are not even up to 10-15 minutes of squats, well, read on. There are 6 more easy ways anyways.
2. Drink Water
The benefit of drinking plenty of water can't be express enough. You will feel less tired, your skin will look more vibrant, your body will detox and absorb nutrients better, and most importantly, it is essential to your metabolism. A research revealed that adults who drinks more water burn more calories than those who drink less. Also, drinking water helps you to control unhealthy hunger. Drink a cup of water before meals and snack, and you'll know if you really need those extra calories.
3. Snack Often
Read that phrase again. Often, not more. You lose more calories if you eat same amount of food more often in smaller proportions. So instead of three big meals, divide them into 5 smaller meals.
4. Spice it Up
Spices quickly boosts your metabolism, and crushed peppers are one of the best. A research has revealed that crushed peppers can temporarily boost metabolism by 23%. So add some spices to your food instead of those artificial chemical and fat-filled dressings. And when adding spices, try to avoid seasoning salts as those add too much salt to your diet. And for an extra diet tip, fresh squeezed or bottled 100% lemon juice makes a great substitute for salad dressings.
5. Load Up On Protein
It takes more calories to digest proteins than carbohydrates or fats. So while keeping a healthy and balanced diet, add more protein to your menu. Some natural protein-rich choices include: fish, turkey and chicken breast, tofu and other soy products, nuts and eggs.
6. Drink Green Tea
Instead of coffee as your daily dose of caffeine to kick-start your day, drink green tea. Green tea contains catechins on top of caffeine, both of which are associated with better metabolism. A research revealed that green tea helps to burn more calories during a mild to medium exercise. There are many researches proving the health benefits of green tea, so make drinking green tea a healthy habit. And try not to put any sugar to the tea.
7. Use an HGH Releaser
As the last option for the laziest, give HGH releaser. The idea behind the HGH (Human Grouth Hormones) releaser is that it makes your body produce more HGH, which decreases as someone ages. Less HGH means signs of aging, and metabolism. But becareful and look at the ingredients as well as how much of the ingredient is in the HGH releaser supplement. Do some research, and make your own decision.